TESDA, DepEd to harmonize policy for Senior High School technical-vocational program

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THE Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) said it has signed an agreement with the Department of Education (DepEd) to harmonize programs and standards for the technical-vocational education and training program of K-to-12 basic education system.

TESDA and DepEd signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which will establish a Joint Working Group to ensure that TVET policy is harmonized.

“TESDA and DepEd have assembled a Joint Working Group on Technical-Vocational Education and Training (TVET), comprising five members each from both parties, who will be primarily in charge of the harmonization and complementarity of strategies, policies and programs, consistency and quality assurance of Training Regulations (TRs) and standards, and discussion and resolution of concerns as may be raised by either party concerning TVET,” TESDA said in a statement Tuesday.

TESDA Director-General Isidro S. Lapeña said in a statement that the partnership with the DepEd to strengthen TVET will empower Senior High School (SHS) students in the Technical-Vocational-Livelihood (TVL) track.

“We look forward to working with the Department of Education in building up the TVL track in senior high school from this year onward. We hope that this continuing partnership will result in positive outcomes and will benefit also the future generations of SHS students,” he said.

The group will also be tasked to produce research and data relevant to TVET. — Gillian M. Cortez